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Old 19th May 2019, 12:35 pm   #81
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So the "known" colours are black brown red yellow green blue grey and, of course, white. That only leaves orange and purple to make the full standard colours as used for resistors etc. I wonder whether there is orange and purple as well?.
I would have thought orange was a strong possibility but then I didn't know about grey till yesterday so perhaps there are more colours out there.

A black one came up for auction a year or two back but someone wanted it more than me. I dropped out at 8.00+p/p. I don't remember what the winning bit was.

Brown is one that I read about somewhere but I have never seen one. I foresee another afternoon searching the internet again.

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Old 19th May 2019, 1:16 pm   #82
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Old 19th May 2019, 1:36 pm   #83
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Thankyou, Bill.

Haven't got Skype, but I'm a bit wiser now!

Apologies, too, for going off-topic slightly 😳
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Old 19th May 2019, 1:53 pm   #84
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In the end I didn't need to go too far for the brown reference
https://www.vintage-radio.net/forum/...&postcount=101

While looking for that I came across this BICC picture
https://www.vintage-radio.net/forum/...2&postcount=34

Not related to Legrand I found this as well.
https://www.vintage-radio.net/forum/...3&postcount=92

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Old 19th May 2019, 2:52 pm   #85
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I've just found the two types of Electrak plugs I mentioned earlier
The pins look identical, it's the position of the plastic lugs that makes them fit their respective sockets.

I would guess that if you filed off the lug it would fit any socket.

For those who haven't seen these before, you insert the plug into the socket (which looks like a key escutcheon) with the cable entry to the right then rotate the plug 90deg clockwise.

As I said earlier, there was at least a suggestion that these should be used in domestic installations when they appeared in the mid '80s. They do have a lot to commend them, but I suppose BS1363 was too established.

What do you think?
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Old 19th May 2019, 3:08 pm   #86
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Hi,
I've got a couple of those too. I red twin gang 'EPOS' (Electronic Point Of Sale) socket and a couple of plugs to suit. Also, a white one that doesn't fit due to the different 'keying'.
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Old 19th May 2019, 3:10 pm   #87
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As mentioned elsewhere one classic brand (type) that arguably needs discarding when it comes of age, is Duraplug (rubber). Terminal decline can sometimes be detected by distortion of the actual body of the plug, but long before this enough sulphur will have leached out to turn the silver plated parts black and the brass parts brown. It can be polished out of course but it's not a good sign.
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Old 19th May 2019, 3:33 pm   #88
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In "Four Candles", R Barker wanted one for his bathroom of all places.
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Old 19th May 2019, 3:39 pm   #89
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As mentioned elsewhere one classic brand (type) that arguably needs discarding when it comes of age, is Duraplug (rubber).
I replace a lot of these during appliance testing, many have rubber in very poor, crumbly condition now.
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Old 19th May 2019, 4:57 pm   #90
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I had a see through 15 amp plug also from south Africa I gave it to a mate who has 15 amp sockets in his workshop wish Ide kept it now but I suppose I wanted to do him a good turn
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Old 19th May 2019, 5:27 pm   #91
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I've got a number of De La Mer plugs on and off different things, in Blue, Orange and Red. I don't know anything about "de la mer", it translates to "of the sea" in French, which is a strange choice of branding for an electrical accesory.
I remember getting one from the Stockport branch of Comet with my Grundig ghetto blaster style radio / tape recorder in 1987. I've got the feeling my parents binned it a few years ago in a clearout.
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Old 19th May 2019, 6:07 pm   #92
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Interesting subject, being a Bakelite collector I've amassed quite a few old plugs and adapters over the years, many of the earlier types with round pins. these wont ever be used but too nice and well made to discard.
I like to put brown Bakelite plugs on my radios, they look more fitting that a white one so if i see any of these at the local car boot I'll snap them up.
A few from "the Box" the wooden plug must be quite rare. I have a rubber "Hoover" plug......... somewhere!!!!
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Old 19th May 2019, 8:09 pm   #93
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The wooden plug would probably have been made some time after 1910. Similar plugs are shown in the GEC catalogue for October 1911 and are said to be Home Office Pattern. The hand shield is for protecting the hand of the user "even if the plug is inserted on a dead short", and the side flex entry is to make it not possible to withdraw the plug by pulling the flex. GEC's version was said to be in accordance with recommendations in the Annual report of the Electrical Inspector of Factories . G. Scott Ram Esq for 1909.
I did try tracking down this report a decade or so ago but drew a blank.
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Old 19th May 2019, 9:38 pm   #94
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Has anyone still got a Fitall plug?
I have two or three Fitall plugs in my collection including one which still has the original box.
One is marked "Larne N Ireland" and I'm sure the other "Loblite", I would have to check the Loblite one though.

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Old 19th May 2019, 10:07 pm   #95
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I have two or three Fitall plugs in my collection including one which still has the original box.
One is marked "Larne N Ireland" and I'm sure the other "Loblite", I would have to check the Loblite one though.
Does your box mis-spell Fitall with a double "t"

John Ward points that out at the end of this video
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I sometimes see this little 'S' icon beneath various usernames.

Can anyone tell me what it denotes, please?
Its the skype logo, a social media platform.
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Not a very old Plug I don't think, a BBC branded MK plug.
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That plug looks positively pristine and beautifully shiny!

Has it ever been used?
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Yes it was used, I have 2 of these, the other is on some test equipment. I did give them a good clean when I got them. But as I mentioned above I don't think these are all that old.
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Old 22nd May 2019, 5:02 pm   #100
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I'm still a bit baffled. How do Thai/Japanese people not get electrocuted when a fault occurs?

I know it's 'only' 125 volts, but surely it's still dangerous.
In the newer US wiring practices an RCD or as we refer to as a GFCI, Ground Fault Current Interrupter. They can be incorporated on every circuit, if desired. They're available in the receptacle form or the circuit breaker form. They only disable a single circuit instead the whole electrical system in the building.
Our electrical code is updated every few years to enhance safety for the consumer.
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